Developing Downtown & the Arena

For the first time in a long time business and government are in synch in the proposed development in the long neglected downtown area as the result of the new owners of the Sacramento kings and their ambitious plans—backed with serious financial assets and visionary leadership with strong local input—is, sadly, being contested by folks who say they are only looking out for the interests of Sacramento.

They do have a case as many arenas built with government subsidies have failed to live up to the promises or deliver the promised financial returns to the governmental entity supporting their funding.

However, it does seem that this is a different situation.

Sacramento is a one sport town—in terms of the major leagues—and it is a government town with the headquarters of the most populous state in town as well as county and city governments, a built in fan base who can walk to evening games at a downtown arena.

The new owners have shown their dedication to Sacramento—and properly, their own pocketbook growth— with their proposed ancillary development ideas surrounding the arena.

Ironically, even if the plan to bring the development to a vote is successful, I would suspect the pro-development vote will win overwhelmingly as virtually everyone involved realizes how depressed downtown is and how desperately it needs exactly this type of development to bring it up to speed for the next several decades.

About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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